Volume 14 · Number 1 · Pages 22–25
A Different Vocabulary, or a Different Metaphor?

Ema Demšar & Urban Kordeš

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Open peer commentary on the article “Decentering the Brain: Embodied Cognition and the Critique of Neurocentrism and Narrow-Minded Philosophy of Mind” by Shaun Gallagher. Abstract: In agreement with Gallagher’s call to re-examine the standard neurocentric view, we situate the target article within constructivist epistemology. We point to certain similarities between E-approaches to cognition (in particular predictive processing accounts) and constructivist ideas originating from the tradition of second-order cybernetics, demonstrating the potential for a productive dialogue between contemporary cognitive science and constructivist theory. Further elaborating Gallagher’s proposal, we suggest an alternative, autopoiesis-based metaphor of the mind.


Demšar E. & Kordeš U. (2018) A different vocabulary, or a different metaphor? Constructivist Foundations 14(1): 22–25. http://constructivist.info/14/1/022

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